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Mission: Reconnaissance – East side of the English Channel.

Date: 25
th August 1942

Time: 5.32 a.m.

Unit: 1 Staffel./Fernaufklärungsgruppe 123

Type: Junkers Ju 88D-5


Coded: 4U + GH

Location: Yard Farm, Wroxall, Isle of Wight, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Robert Beeg. 69004/250 - Killed. Born 09.04.1920 in Nürnberg.

Observer: Unteroffizier. Werner Möbius. 69004/251 – Severely injured. Born 26.01.1921 in Leipzig.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Horst Schwarz. 69004/252 - Killed. Born 29.11.1920.

Gunner: Gefreiter. Rudi Schorler. 69004/249 - Killed. Born 08.08.1919 in Netschkein.


Started from Paris - Buc on a reconnaissance mission over the eastern portion of the English Channel. The aircraft was flying at low level in thick mist when it crashed into a hillside at a shallow angle and scattered wreckage over a wide area. Markings: 4U+GH was found painted on a flame damper although identification lettering have never been found on this unit before.

1 Robert Beegcc2 Beeg Grave
Pilot; Robert Beeg – Killed (Brownless)

3 Horst Schwarzcc4 Grave Schwarz
Radio/Op: Horst Schwarz – Killed (Brownless)

5 Rudi Schorlercc6 Grave Schorler
Gunner; Rudi Schorler – Killed (Brownless)

7 Paul Mobius
Observer; Werner Möbius (Brownless)

In December 1942, the 1 Staffel received a letter from Werner Möbius...

Hochverehrter Herr Hauptmann!

When a few days ago I received my first mail, I was particularly pleased to find greetings from Herr Hauptmann (Goebel) and therefore from the Staffel, for which I thank Herr Hauptmann respectfully. I have reported immediately the receipt of the EK.1 (Iron Cross 1st Class) to me to the camp commander Hauptmann Gumbart. The medal was pinned on to my tunic during a brief ceremony. I even received the three „Hurrahs“ as customary in our Staffel. I left hospital a few weeks ago, I am reasonably well. The last flesh wound healed a couple of days ago, but I still need a walking stick as my left foot is still in plaster.

Now the events of the 25th August. We had reached the vicinity of the Isle of Wight, when we noticed a veil of mist that looked a bit suspicious, so we decided to go closer and investigate. We were just inside the first mist cloud when the Isle of Wight was right next to us! For reasons of safety, Leutnant Beeg climbed immediately high up above the Isle and, still within the mist, we made for home. What happened next was just a matter of seconds. I heard a surprised frightened exclamation from our Radio/Op Unteroffizier Schwarz and had a queer sensation then of slipping down to the left. After that I feel unconscious, apparently for a long period. On waking I found myself on the ground approximately 10m behind the machine. It was not possible for me to examine our plane, - the starboard engine was on fire – I was unable to move as both of my legs were broken. That is all I can remember of the happenings of the 25th August.

Even though, because of mail restrictions I will not be able to write often, every message from my Staffel would please me greatly. I have another request: Whatever is left of my uniform is completely in shreds with the exception of my fur flying boots. So as not to be forced to prance around in the prisoner of war uniform – reddish with coloured dots! Can the Herr Hauptmann arrange for a new uniform to be sent to me? I wish the Staffel furthermore good success’s with warrior’s luck. To the crews a loud and forceful „Hals und Beinbruch“. With the request to pass on to the Herren Officers and all the comrades my very, very best greetings and I remain, Herr Hauptmann, your devoted comrade.

Signed Möbius

8 Mobius letter

Burial detail: Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, England.

Robert Beeg – Block 8 Grave 1

Horst Schwarz – Block 7 Grave 250

Rudi Schorler – Block 8 Grave 22

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Armin Goebel and Fritz Schlichting for their help in constructing this page, August 2013.
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